About the Office of the Solicitor

The Solicitor's Office performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior. Our primary client is the Secretary of the Interior. We provide advice, counsel and legal representation to the Immediate Office of the Secretary, the Assistant Secretaries, and all other bureaus and offices overseen by the Secretary. The Solicitors Office is organized into the Immediate Office of the Solicitor, the Ethics Office, five legal divisions, an administrative division, and eighteen regional and field offices located throughout the United States. The Solicitor is the chief attorney for the United States Department of the Interior, principal legal adviser to the Secretary of the Interior, and is assisted by a Deputy Solicitor, Special Assistant, Ethics Director, Senior Counsel for Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, six Associate Solicitors, eight Regional Solicitors, and a staff of more than three hundred attorneys and four hundred total employees. More than half of our attorneys are assigned to regional and field offices located as far west as Anchorage, Alaska and as far east as Boston, Massachusetts. The rest of our attorneys are assigned to our divisions located at headquarters in Washington DC.